Sunday, 27 January 2013


Today's walk was a short but pleasant one around Newtown.  Once one of the most important towns on the Island with two MP's. Sadly destroyed by the French & never recovered but the Town Hall still remains. Became a school, then a house, then a hostel, then a ruin! Now belongs to the National Trust.

Newtown is a great place for birdwatching with two hides so remember to pack your binoculars.

In December 82 species of birds were sighted.

The board walk takes you to the former salt pans.  The harbour was once capable of sheltering 50 large ships.

Newtown is a great destination for a 3 mile nature walk with history of this once important town known as Franchville.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Smugglers & Shipwrecks

Did a lovely undulating 8 mile version of my Smugglers & Shipwrecks walk today.

Set off up on Mottistone Down to Brook Down then through Freshwater Golf Course with Freshwater Bay & Tennyson Down beyond.

Looking in the opposite direction along the Back of the Wight with a couple of intimate crows in the foreground.

The weather was a little overcast but dry & surprisingly mild. The clouds created some wonderful patterns in the sky over the sea.

Walked past Compton Farm with its wildlife & traditional buildings.

Up onto Brook Down, through the grounds of Brook Hill House, the former home of the writer J B Priestley & past the Neolithic Long Stone.

I have shorter & longer versions of my Smugglers & Shipwrecks walk.  Do contact me for further details.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Winter Wonderland

Happy 2013 everyone & here's to another year of Guided Wight Walks with Michele!

I would like to share with you some photos I took recently of our Winter Wonderland.  Walked along the old railway line between Yarmouth to Freshwater.

Boats on the River Yar in the distance.


The Causeway, Freshwater

Looking across to the Downs.  The Isle of Wight really became the Isle of White!

I am happy to announce I am available as a Walking Guide for private groups this year.

I have a portfolio of walks to suit all levels of fitness & interests including some of my favourites & more: Western Yar Stroll, Smugglers & Shipwrecks, Up High on the Downs, On Top of the Island, Water & Woods & Salt & Pepper.

As always not only do I lead the walks, I give interesting & entertaining information along the way about the history of the Island, geography, flora & fauna, smugglers & shipwrecks, Victorian visitors, music festivals, ghost stories & dinosaurs!

My charges are: 2-3 hour walk/4-6 miles - 2-10 people @ £25/11-20 people @ £40
4-5 miles walk/8-10 miles - 2-10 people @ £50/11-20 people @ £75.

My contact numbers are: 01983 761574 & 07771 616540
or email

I look forward to meeting you & showing you the beautiful Isle of Wight on a Guided Wight Walk with Michele